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Rockford Fosgate Power T1000X5ad

Compact 5-channel car amplifier — 100 watts RMS x 4 at 2 to 4 ohms + 600 watts RMS x 1 at 1 to 2 ohms

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Rockford Fosgate's Power Series T1000X5ad 5-channel amplifier can send 100 watts RMS each to four separate...

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About the Rockford Fosgate Power T1000X5ad

Super-compact, bursting with power

Rockford Fosgate's Power Series T1000X5ad 5-channel amplifier can send 100 watts RMS each to four separate speakers while delivering up to 600 watts RMS to a subwoofer. Or you could use this tiny powerpack to run a couple of high-performance components with 200 watts each along with 600 watts RMS for the sub. A dual-fan forced air cooling system keeps this sturdy little amp from overheating, so it can play hard for a long time.

Super-compact, bursting with power

Rockford Fosgate's Power Series T1000X5ad 5-channel amplifier can send 100 watts RMS each to four separate speakers while delivering up to 600 watts RMS to a subwoofer. Or you could use this tiny powerpack to run a couple of high-performance components with 200 watts each along with 600 watts RMS for the sub. A dual-fan forced air cooling system keeps this sturdy little amp from overheating, so it can play hard for a long time.

Class AD: accurate and powerful

Rockford Fosgate uses their proprietary Class AD amplifier technology, combining the high fidelity of a Class A system with the high efficiency of their special Class D technology, to bring you this ultra-efficient, high-output amplifier. In other words, this compact amp produces more power with less current draw from your vehicle's charging system than most other amps on the road today.

Rockford Fosgate's high-tech solutions yield more power

This Power Series amplifier actively monitors speaker and subwoofer performance, using Rockford Fosgate's Constant Power technology. A speaker's impedance naturally fluctuates as it performs, fighting against your amp's output. So, just like your cruise control increases the engine's RPM to maintain your car's speed uphill, Constant Power maintains this amp's output by increasing its internal voltage and current flow when the speaker's impedance rises. This results in up to a 25% increase in the amp's total power output.

Rockford Fosgate T1000X5ad

T1000X5ad control panel with clip lights

Easy to set for optimum performance

Rockford Fosgate's C.L.E.A.N. technology (Calibrated Level Eliminates Audible Noise) setup system ensures your music will sound as clean and powerful as possible. It works like this: play the setup tone on the included test CD, adjust the receiver volume until a red clip light on the amp goes out, then turn the amp gain up until a blue light comes on. It's that simple — your amplifier will be perfectly set to match your receiver's output. When your receiver reaches maximum clean volume, you'll get maximum clean power from your Power amp. At quiet listening levels, you'll hear less background noise and more of your music.

Clip lights monitor distortion

If that blue light turns solid red while you're playing music, the amp's telling you that your source is distorting and you should turn it down, or risk damage to your gear. The optional PLC2 remote level control also doubles as a clip indicator, so you can see from the front seat if your music's clipping and restore pristine sound.

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Product highlights:

  • 5-channel car amplifier
  • 100 watts RMS x 4 + 400 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms
  • 100 watts RMS x 4 + 600 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
  • 200 watts RMS x 2 bridged at 4 ohms + 600 watts RMS at 1 ohm
  • CEA-2006 compliant
Features:
  • Class-AD amp technology on front and rear channels; Class BD on sub channel with Constant Power topology
  • C.L.E.A.N. gain setup system includes test tone CD
  • differential input circuitry helps eliminate hum
  • dual-fan forced induction cooling
  • variable high- and low-pass filters (50-250 Hz, 12 dB/octave) on front and rear channels
  • variable low-pass filter (50-250 Hz, 12 dB/octave) on subwoofer channel
  • switchable subsonic filter (28 Hz, 12 dB/octave) on subwoofer channel
  • variable Punch EQ bass/treble boost (0-18 dB at 45 Hz and 0-14 dB at 12.5K Hz) on all channels
  • optional PLC2 wired remote level control with clip light available
More Info:
  • preamp and speaker-level inputs
  • signal-sensing turn-on with speaker-level inputs eliminate need for remote turn-on lead
  • 4-gauge power and ground leads and a 125-amp fuse recommended — wiring and hardware not included with amplifier
  • no onboard fuses — when installing multiple amps in a system, an additional 125-amp in-line fuse between the distribution block and the amplifier is recommended
  • 12-1/2"W x 1-11/16"H x 4-5/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years (extends to 3 years when purchased with a Rockford Fosgate RFK4, RFK4X, or RFK4D amp wiring kit)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # T1000X5AD
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What's in the box:

  • 5-Channel amplifier
  • Two 8" output harnesses (4-pin Molex connector on one end and bare wire on other end)
  • Three 14" input harnesses (4-pin mini Molex connectors on one end and 2 female RCAs on other end)
  • Setup CD disc
  • Amplifier Clip Indicator Setup sheet
  • Certificate of Performance Verification sheet

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Features

Overview: The Rockford Fosgate Power T1000X5ad is a compact, Class-AD five-channel amplifier. Even though the amplifier's footprint is only 12" x 4-1/4", it outputs the following power:

Front and Rear Channels 100 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms
100 watts RMS x 4 at 2 ohms
200 watts RMS x 2 at 4 ohms bridged
Subwoofer Channel 400 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms
600 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms
600 watts RMS x 1 at 1 ohm

Class AD: The amplifier features Rockford Fosgate's proprietary Class AD technology, which allows the amp to produce more power with less current draw. It takes the highly efficient bd amplifier design to a full-range application. Class AD uses Dynamic Frequency Switching to increase the switching frequency during lower output levels for better signal resolution. In addition, Post Choke Feedback Filtering removes unwanted distortion by comparing the input signal to the output signal at the speaker connector.

Constant Power: Rockford Fosgate uses a patented circuit design to gain up to 25% more output power. Constant Power actively increases the voltage and current in direct relationship to the rise and fall of music signals to provide additional power.

Fan Cooled: The T1000X5ad features dual fans to keep the amp running cool. Dual Fan Forced Induction pulls in fresh air, which pulls heat off of the MOSFETs, and directs airflow into the exhaust channel and out of the amplifier. Since the top and bottom heat sinks are decoupled, the top remains cool to the touch. When installing, you should leave at least 2-3" of clearance around the ends of the amplifier to optimize air flow to the fan intake and exhaust vents.

C.L.E.A.N. Technology: Using Rockford's C.L.E.A.N. (Calibrated Level Eliminates Audible Noise) technology, you can easily and precisely set up the amplifier levels to eliminate distortion from damaging your speakers. Simple LED indicators are used, instead of test equipment, to identify signal clipping at both the input and output, and to match the audio source to the amplifier.

Controls/Indicators

Top Mounted Controls: The T1000X5ad features easy-to-reach controls on the top panel of the amplifier. The rotary controls require a small screwdriver (not included) to set the levels. There are independent controls for the front, rear, and subwoofer channels. The controls include:

  • Input Level: These rotary controls let you match the output of the audio source to the amplifier.
  • Sub Input: If you are using a dedicated subwoofer input, the Sub Input switch should be turned on. If there is no subwoofer input, the sub channel will receive signals from the front left channel input.
  • Punch EQ:
    • Front/Rear Channels: The Gyrator-based Punch EQ eliminates frequency shift with boost. It works in conjunction with the crossover switch on the amplifier. When set to Low-Pass operation, it functions as a 0 to +18dB variable Bass Boost at 45Hz. When set to High-Pass, it is a 0 to +14dB variable Mid-Bass and Treble Boost at 12.5kHz. When set to All-Pass, the Punch EQ boosts both the bass and treble frequencies.
    • Subwoofer Channel: The Punch EQ is a 0 to +18dB 45Hz Bass Boost only control.
  • Crossover Switch: The front and rear channels each have a 3-way switch that lets you select Low-Pass (LP), High-Pass (HP), or All-Pass (AP) on the Butterworth crossover. The subwoofer channel has no switch, because it is in LP mode at all times.
  • Frequency: The crossover frequency is constantly variable between 50Hz and 250Hz with a slope of 12dB/octave.
  • Infrasonic Filter: A switchable 28Hz infrasonic filter can be applied to the subwoofer channel. This filter cuts inaudible audio frequencies below 28Hz that rob amplifier power, and that only a few subwoofers can cleanly reproduce. Turning this filter on will help reduce distortion.

LED Indicators: The amplifier has three types of LED indicators on its top panel:

  • Input Clip Indicator: The input clip indicator works in conjunction with the audio source's volume knob. It will illuminate red when the audio source reaches its clipping point.
  • Output Clip Indicator: The output clip indicators on each set of outputs work in conjunction with the amplifier's input level knobs. It will illuminate red when the output level has reached the clipping point. When setting the level using test tones, you should adjust the output level until the LED glows blue. If setting the output level using music, the LED should glow blue with only an occasional red indication.
  • Power/Protect: The Power LED illuminates blue when the unit is turned on. If the LED turns yellow, a short circuit or too low of an impedance has been detected at the speaker connections. If the LED turns red, the amp has overheated and has shut down.

Connections

Left Side of Amplifier:

  • Inputs: There are three 4-pin Molex connectors for the front, rear, and subwoofer channels that work with the supplied RCA Input Harnesses. The amp will accept signals from either high-level (speaker) or low-level (RCA) sources. If connected to a high-level input signal, the amp's auto turn-on feature is active.
Note: For high-level input, you can either splice RCA plugs onto the source unit's speaker wires, or cut the RCAs off of the supplied input harnesses and splice on speaker wires from the source unit using the standard wire color code.
  • Remote Punch Level Control: This RJ45 jack lets you plug in the optional PLC2 Punch Remote Level Control.

Right Side of Amplifier:

  • Power/Remote Terminals: The amplifier's Power, Ground, and Remote terminals are located in a separate plug-in quick connector. The connector has compression terminals that will accept up to 4-gauge wire. When utilizing high-level signals for the auto turn-on feature is active, and the Remote terminal can be used as an output to turn on/off up to two additional amplifiers or other accessories. A small screwdriver (not included) is required to tighten/loosen the compression terminals. Once the wires are installed in the quick connector, the connector can be plugged into the amplifier.
Note: The amplifier does not have built-in fuses, so you will need to install a 100-amp fuse on the power wire no more than 18" from the battery.
  • Speaker Outputs: For the front and rear channels, two 4-pin Molex connectors work with the supplied Speaker Output harnesses. The speaker wires can be spliced to the harness' four 16-gauge wires and plugged into the amplifier. The subwoofer channel has a pair of compression terminals that will accept up to 10-gauge wires.
Note: For 2-channel bridged mono operation, the front left + and right - wires and rear left + and right - wires should be used to connect to the speakers (4Ω minimum).

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Rockford Fosgate Power-series amplifiers carry a two year warranty, when purchased from an Authorized Rockford Fosgate Dealer such as Crutchfield.

Extended Warranty Offer: Rockford Fosgate offers a one-year extended warranty (for a total of 3 years) when the amplifier is installed using a matching Rockford Fosgate installation kit, such as the RFK4 or RFK4X.

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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A friend of mine has this amp with a Rockford Fosgate subwoofer, and it sounded amazing. So I had to get a similar set up as he has. [ Matthew  Jul 07, 2018 ]
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I've always had great experiences with Rockford Fosgate amps. (4+ amps over 20+ years) Rock solid performance. No overheating, even when pushed. [ Paul  Jan 07, 2018 ]
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replacement of 2 aging amps in my truck. [ brad  Jun 28, 2017 ]

3 questions already asked

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I am looking at the JL Audio 12W3v2 speakers, would it be better if I bought 2 of the 4ohm, or 2ohm with this amp, that I already have installed?
[ GREGG  Mar 31, 2018 ]
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The amp might run cooler with 2 4ohms in parallel instead of 2 2ohms but I'm not sure
[ Double D  Apr 19, 2018 ]
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The two ohm will do just fine!
[ Jeff  Apr 10, 2018 ]
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We installed one of the JBL 2 ohm subs in a Sound Ordinance enclosure along with an Alpine amp that was recommended by Crutchfield. One speaker gives massive bass so two might be overkill! I'd call in to a Crutchfield tech with your amp's specs to see which ohm rating is best.
[ Scott  Apr 09, 2018 ]
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Contact Crutchfield technical support. I don't know the capabilities of you Rockford amp. However a lot has to do with musical preference and vehicle size. I personally prefer a mono block amplifier with a single 2 ohm sub because it gives me more space in the trunk, as well as cleaner bass when all power is going to an appropriately matched sub. Just my opinion.
[ Ricardo  Apr 09, 2018 ]
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My opinion is the 2 ohm sub. Make sure they are both the same ohm. I always look at RMS on both the speaker and amp. I make certain that the amp is plenty powerful to drive the subs and component speakers. I was always taught that too much power can be damaging to your speakers, just as too little power can also be harmful to your speakers. This particular amp is a very nice amp, do you need 2 subs, or do you just want the 2 subs? This Amps Sub channel gives you a 1 or 2 ohm choice. The Subs will handle this amp. This Rockford Amp i have had 0 issues. I already has this amp and decided to buy another one for my Raptor. How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers https://www.crutchfield.com/learn/how-to-match-subwoofers-and-amplifiers.html
[ Brendon  Apr 09, 2018 ]
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This amp is stable at 1ohm, which is possible bridging 2 2ohm sub. It is also possible to bridge 2 4ohm subs, putting a 2ohm load on the amp. Rockford states it produces the same power with both configurations. You have a good question. Call crutchfield and see what they recomend
[ Double D  Apr 09, 2018 ]
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I purchased two Rockford 10 2ohm dual voice could and wired them down to one ohm and they sound amazing
[ Jonathon  Apr 09, 2018 ]
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Does this amp eliminate the need for a audio processor with the features listed?
[ Scott  Mar 26, 2017 ]
1 answer
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No. If you want to counteract the stock equalization add/or add time alignment for greater imaging with a factory stereo, you'll still need to add a processor.
[ Ryan  Apr 05, 2017 ]  Staff

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